Tuesday, June 2, 2009

If Walls Could Talk

Confessions of a blog hopper!
I am always jumping from one blog to another, sometimes I admit, I get lost and can't find my way back to where I was, or worse see something I love, close a page then can't find my way there again! Do you do this too? Terribly frustrating! I am slowly becoming more disciplined about my blog hopping and bookmarking pages and sites I love so I can refind my way there again, but I still madly blog hop, driving my family nuts as they ask, "Are you downloading pages again", all the time:)! Umm, yup, that's me, sorry to the obsessive online gamers at my house but raspberries to you I say! In my mad dash from place to place I frequently find myself returning to Le Divan Fumoir Bohemien ( If you haven't caught this wonderful blog, then do. It's full of the most incredible fragments of interesting things!) So while there in recent weeks , an amazing piece of texture caught my eye. Paper and resin, brittle from the passage of time. Okay, I'm hooked just from this alone. LOVE texture! But vintage texture!!! Oooooo! The piece was all about this fantastic house built from paper. Okay so, a quick blog hop over to Rockport, Massachusetts (don't you just love the spelling challenges presented by some words!!!), and it's a quick spin through the paper house. Walls, furniture all made from paper and resin, how interesting. (Read that as brain ticking starting up). Alright, so now I'm thinking about the paper house and remembering a news article I saw sometime ago about how many years ago (that's centuries past), folks in the U.K. would bury sentimental items of loved ones in the walls of their homes. Baby shoes, clothes etc, and now workmen called in to do repairs are turning up all manner of strange items in the walls. Now, I have been watching with interest Seth Apter's Disintigration Collaboration where artists are making up bundles and leaving them out to the ravages of the elements for a period of time, only to reclaim them and produce something using their altered pieces in an artwork. Great stuff too Seth, can't wait to see more of this! (If you have been under a rock somewhere and haven't caught this one, then jump to it and check it out, it's a must see!) So with all of this churning around in the noggin, the beginings of an idea. Keep with me here, we are going somewhere albeit slowly. The birth of a creative idea. What would your walls reveal about you? What would you imagine someone putting in there, preserving for time? What could be hidden from view, secreted away in those spaces? Precious things, posessions, secrets waiting in time. Ahh, so here is the idea. Following along with the disintigration line, what would happen if there had been a fire? What would be lost or revealed?





And so...







the layers peeled away...












Under the wallpaper, inside the walls, what was hidden is now revealed.






a secret love...







a choice made...






a love lost.


Under the wallpaper, inside the walls the fire reveals, pictures of a love forsaken. Letters hidden within the walls, kept close in the secret heart of the home.




The piece in its entirety.




Layers of papers, glued and colour washed, then covered in dimensional magic. Now for the fun part, burned. Yes that's right, bubbled and blistered to form the texture of the piece. I had so much fun with this, burning the paper and dimensional magic to my hearts content. The family constantly checking to see I wasn't personally alight, (or at least the house!). I think I must be some sort of closet arsonist, LOL! Anyway, after the burning... lots of embossing in black, red and gold! More burning!!! (said with glee!!!). I seem to be on some sort of upswing lately, everything rolling along so well. I am pretty pleased with this one (just in case you are in any doubt. LOL). Here's another glimpse at the textures, click away for a closer look.



Now I think I might have to contemplate the issue of water and how to apply it. (Just to put out all the fires you know)!
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6 comments:

Shelly said...

Ooohhh, yes, burning . . . too delightful !! Great piece, Kim, and wonderful backstory. You choose your elements so carefully. The papers and pulled areas really look like an old, charred wall.
Blog hopping and Flickring killed the hard drive on my computer once.
:-)
Shelly

Seth said...

What a great post...full of interesting things. First, can I say that both the idea and artwork you created are spectacular! From one texture lover to another: great! I saw the paper house to. Quite amazing. And so glad you are following the Disintegration Collaboration. I am looking forward to seeing what everybody comes up with on August 1!

La Dolce Vita said...

amazing work!

nancy neva gagliano said...

aw!! now i understand MUSINGS...what your mind seems to do in your thinking/writing/art processes!! well-written!!

Donna said...

Hey Kim.. I have just discovered your blog.. sooo love your work.. this piece stunning.. Missing you over at the Boxx. Hey also wondering you interested in this months ribbon swap darl.. trying to finalise numbers. Have to keep track of your blog from now on..When I get time..lol.. Hope you are doing well.. xxxxxxx

alteredbits said...

this is fabulous, kim! i adore all of the texture and the feeling behind this piece. spectacular!!

xx
alicia